Collapsing Retaining Walls

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Collapsing Retaining Wall

The purpose of your retaining walls is to hold back soil and substrate from freely moving around due to gravity and erosion. When your retaining walls start to fail, they can no longer effectively hold back these soils.

One day you might find your retaining walls tilting or separating from adjoining walls. Other signs of failure include forward movement of the entire wall or sections, buckling, cracking, crumbling, and rotted wood.

Regional Foundation & Crawl Space Repair can not only find the root cause of your damaged retaining wall but fix it for good. To repair your retaining wall, we will install either a wall anchor system or a helical tieback system to reinforce the structure and provide the lateral support it needs to stand tall.

How to Identify a Damaged Retaining Wall

You know your retaining wall is starting to fail when it shows one or more of the following signs:

  • Collapsing or tilting
  • Separating from adjacent walls
  • Crumbling and cracking in retaining walls

When the footing toe is too small or builders didn’t properly reinforce the wall, your retaining wall can eventually tilt or collapse. Collapse can also be caused by expansive soils pushing and warping the structure of the retaining wall.

If the wall itself wasn’t designed or built well enough to withstand the weight of the soil it holds back, it will eventually separate from adjoining walls. This detachment can result in visible crumbling and cracking, as well. If your retaining wall was made of concrete, inadequate, weak, or poorly mixed concrete could lead to crumbling.

Repairing Damaged Retaining Walls

We use wall anchors or helical tiebacks to reinforce damaged retaining walls. These systems are installed laterally in strong supporting soil and connected to your retaining wall to provide horizontal support.

Collapsing Retaining Walls

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